MSc in Marine Engineering

Mechanical & Electrical Options

Duration: Full time for 12 months.
Start Date: Late September each year.
Entry: A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with qualifications in other subjects such as physics will be considered. A knowledge of fluids and thermodynamics is essential together with an understanding of basic electrical engineering. Ideally candidates will have had some experience of the marine environment.

All candidates must satisfy UCL's English language requirements.
This MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships. It has two parallel streams, mechanical and electrical, about two thirds of the material is common to both options. It is not necessary to choose a stream when applying for the course.
The course covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine systems. The course material is presented in two forms: elements of engineering aimed at increasing the student's knowledge, and material specifically designed to increase the student's ability to apply this knowledge in a systematic and effective manner.

The programme is run in parallel with the MSc in Naval Architecture with students from both programmes working together on a Ship Design Exercise.
This MSc has been selected by the UK and Canadian Navies for the advanced training of its Marine Engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations.

The MSc Marine Engineering has been accredited by the IET, RINA and IMarEST as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake. RINA logo IMAREST IET logo

Further information

Please visit the UCL Graduate Study site for full details on admission procedures, a downloadable application form and sources of funding.

For further queries about the programme contact;

The Graduate Tutor
UCL Mechanical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3907
fax: +44 (0)20 7388 0180

The course introduction, lectures and seminars consist of about 200 hours of formal tuition. The remainder consists of tutorials and time for students to undertake course work and individual work. The degree consists of three major parts, namely:

  • Lectures and seminars, coursework exercises and case studies run concurrently from October until March followed by formal examinations.
  • The Ship Design Exercise commences in April and is completed by the end of June.
  • The Individual Project is undertaken in July, August and September.

Lectures and Seminars

These are given in core subjects, and are supported by a variety of coursework exercises and case studies. The student's performance during the course is assessed on:

  • Formal examination papers related to the lecture material together with course work exercises based on the taught material.
  • The Ship Design Exercise based on a report on the work done and the oral presentations given on the work. This work is done in a group, but each student is individually assessed.
  • The individual project, based upon a report on the work done.
Mechanical Stream Modules
MECHGM01 Applied Thermodynamics & Turbomachinery MECHGR04 Vibrations, Airborne and Underwater Acoustics & Control
MECHGM02 Power Transmission & Auxiliary Machinery Systems MECHGM05 Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
MECHGM03 Materials & Fatigue / Fracture Analysis MECHGM06 Heat Transfer & Heat Systems

Electrical Stream Modules
MECHGM01 Applied Thermodynamics & Turbomachinery MECHGM05 Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
MECHGM02 Power Transmission & Auxiliary Machinery Systems MECHGM11 Electrical Machines & Power Electronic Systems
MECHGR04 Vibrations, Airborne and Underwater Acoustics & Control MECHGR12 Electrical Power Systems & Electrical Propulsion

Ship Design

MECHGR91 Ship Design Project

Each Marine Engineering Student is grouped with one or two Naval Architects to work on the design of a specific vessel. The Marine Engineer's role is mainly to specify the propulsive machinery and all auxiliary equipment.

Individual Project

MECHGR99 Project Report

The individual project allows the student to demonstrate the capability to formulate a plan to solve a particular problem and then to execute that plan. Projects are often design, build and test or can be analytical in nature.

The choice of modules maybe constrained by availability and timetabling.

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